Career Success

A question came up the other day during the office hours I held for members of my Inner Circle mentorship program. The question was, “Do you take on a well-paying client engagement when you disagree partly with the scope of the project?” The ensuing conversation reminded me of McKinsey’s unofficial policy of turning down multi-million [...]

Several years ago, one of my clients taught me a great framework to describe how to be influential with others in the workplace. It’s a communication approach you can use to manage direct reports, manage colleagues, and even to manage your boss. The framework involves three steps: See Think Do If you can alter how [...]

Video Tutorial on Networking from a World-Class Networker Important: If you are serious about long-term career success in any field, the video above should be considered mandatory viewing. The video above is hands down the best tutorial I’ve ever seen on networking. I wish I saw it years ago as I would have managed my [...]

When my oldest was eight years old, she decided that she wanted more money than the allowance she got from me. She thought about who else had money and noticed that her younger sisters did. She decided to figure out a way to convince her sisters to part ways with their allowance in a way [...]

One of my volunteering goals for this year has been to train to be a volunteer emergency medical first responder. I found it quite eye-opening to go through the two weeks of medical training to become a Wilderness First Responder. (Wilderness defined as more than one hour away from a hospital.) The instructor constantly drilled [...]

Is it possible to balance work and life as a consultant? Yes, I think it is, but you can’t always manage it when you want to manage it. There are however 5 factors that can have a huge influence on your work life balance. The first factor is the culture related to your geography (both [...]

My first boss in industry started a company from scratch, took it public and still runs it today. He was such a ridiculously intense person. We fought and argued every… single… day. I was his chief of staff. His job was to demand the impossible from everybody in the company. My job was to make [...]

When you’re the best in the world at something, there’s nobody left to beat. If you’re Usain Bolt, you’re (literally) the fastest human being on earth and in all of history (world record holder for 100-meter dash). With whom do you compete? If you’re Michael Phelps and have more Olympic medals than anyone in history [...]

In your career, there will be a few pivotal moments when you “sell” a big idea to someone else whose decision will become an inflection point in your career. You could be “selling” your boss on the idea of promoting you, choosing you to lead a high profile project, or taking on major new responsibilities. [...]

In every McKinsey engagement, there’s a moment when the senior client says to us, “Hmm… that’s interesting.” That is the moment when the client thinks to him or herself, “Okay, maybe the $1 million consulting fee was worth it.” You might be wondering what the McKinsey team says to the client that prompts that reaction. [...]

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